There is wide consensus among scientists and policy makers that an energy transition is urgent and essential in order to keep global warming within acceptable limits. This has been formalized in various international treaties and agreements, such as the Paris Agreement and, more recently, the European Green Deal, which introduces a new growth strategy for Europe, emphasizing the need for a just and inclusive transition for all.
Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology have joined forces in the Fair Energy Transition Center. The Center aims at a comprehensive understanding of what a just and inclusive energy transition amounts to in an international context, turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities.
The energy transition will have enormous impact on all dimensions of human life. It will have an impact on the global and local economies, on urban planning, on natural environments, on international relationships, on individual and collective life styles, and on habits regarding housing, heating, cooking and traveling, to mention only some. Importantly, some regions will be more affected than others by the move towards a green, climate-neutral economy.